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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Prosopagnosia-- face blindness

I'll let others explain how this topic relates to me teaching art class.  All I know is that I'm interested in the medical disorder Agnosia, Prosopagnosia in this situation.  My non-medical definition: Agnosia deals with the inability to recognize objects that the average person would be able to recognize.  The subtype of prosopagnosia deals with the inability to recognize a people's faces who would ordinarily be recognized.  
Several days ago, I saw the House episode "Adverse Effects" that highlighted this disorder for me.  The episode deals with a painter (played by Breckin Meyer, who starred in Road Trip) who unknowingly distorted a portrait of a commissioned piece.  

Just a while ago, I finished watching a PBS NewsHour special that had an interview with Chuck Close, the American photo-realist (arguable) painter/photographer.  While I knew that he was a paraplegic and suffered from a learning disability, I had no idea that he too suffered from prosopagnosia.  This seems to help explain his fascination with the characteristics of the face.
After looking it up, I also learned that Jane Goodall also has this disorder.   


  1. OH MY GOSH! The painting on the top is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool. I really love that. For some reason I am reminded of Kandinsky...

  2. I really really like the first painting! WE definitely should do something like that this year........ eh eh? :D